Published March 16, 2022


Film info

  • Title Dune
  • Director Denis Villeneuve
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 2hrs 35m
  • Genres Adventure, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline Beyond fear, destiny awaits

Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

Live blog

Time Comment
5:53 The Voice thing is not how I imagined it.
8:57 That scroll definitely had more on it than the guy said.
14:47 Weird to hear the words out loud when I’ve only just read them.
22:22 I want one of those night light things that just follows you around in the dark.
27:55 I still don’t really understand the point of this test.
29:37 “So much potential wasted in a male.”
35:11 Oh god, why would you have bagpipes in a made up world?
49:26 They don’t so much appear to be suspensor trousers as a flight suit.
53:56 Spitting as a greeting - worst planet ever.
57:18 Ah, finally they’ve made a character a woman.
1:03:47 Why does the crawler beep? Who is it warning in the middle of the desert, the worms??
1:08:21 Bit too sarlac for my liking.
1:19:46 “Get everything with guns off the ground.”
1:24:02 Fire must be the actual worst on a planet with no water.
1:40:29 Hoping Zendaya didn’t get paid by the word.
1:46:37 Green plants! You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.
2:00:05 800 km/h winds? OUCH.
2:15:04 Don’t underestimate the woman, eh?
2:26:21 “If you’ll have us, they will come.” That’s not the line.


I was determined to finish the book before watching this and, mission accomplished, took the opportunity of a tired evening to consume the lengthy movie. It’s fair to say it’s a lot better than I thought it would be, bringing the characters to life and telling the story really well… but on the flip side to that, there isn’t a huge amount of story to be told and the emotions are very rarely accessible - it just feels like a very flat couple of hours.

The visuals, though, are incredible. From the very start with the logo and some of the poster artwork, to each and every carefully well-crafted shot, it’s a treat for the eyes - as long as you can stay awake long enough to get to the end. Good, and a success given what I was expecting, but still not the blockbuster hit it could be.

Rating: 4 / 5

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